Aboriginal Spirituality

Aboriginal Spirituality
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  • Father, may I begin to prepare?
  • You may, my dear child.
  • Am I ready to begin Shaman?
  • You are ready to begin your vision quest.
  • An Adolescent Aboriginal girl enters into womanhood, by beginning with her journey on a vision quest. When she is deemed ready by her parents, elders or godparents. She begins one year of preparation. During this year, she fasts, meditates and prays. She learns essential skills (camping, first aid) and adaptation to solitude. She also pre-chooses the spot, which she will proceed to after the sweat lodge.
  • Once, she has completed one year of preparation, she seeks the permission of the Shaman (medicine man) to begin her vision quest. The Shaman will then decide if she is ready, or in need of more preparation. The Shaman announces that she has successfully prepared and grants her permission to begin. With the permission of the Shuman, the Aboriginal girl is one step closer to being accepted into the adult community.
  • The Aboriginal girl enters the sweat lodge, for a cleansing and purification ceremony. A smudging ritual also takes place. Inside the sweat lodge, the stones (Grandfather rocks- they are the oldest things on earth and have witnessed everything) are heated and water is poured on them to create steam (white breath). The steam then purifies the adolescent girl and brings her one step closer to receiving her vision.
  • The Aboriginal girl then spends 3-4 days in the sacred spot she has chosen, a lake. She sets up alter and awaits her vision. Over the course of these 3 days, she is in complete solitary and spends her time fasting, meditating and praying. She does this, in order to be sensitive to any vision or hallucination that will guide her, to her purpose.
  • The Aboriginal girl excitedly wonders if her purpose will appear to her as a vision, a dream or a hallucination. She also wonders what form it will take: an animal, object, natural phenomenon or a person. Finally, she receives it, in a dream, as a natural phenomenon. The girl is confused about the meaning of her dream. She will later ask the Shaman to discuss the significance of the spirit guide and it's significance to her life.
  • The Aboriginal girl received her vision. On the 4th day, she is welcomed back and rejoins the community. She is surrounded by content family and friends, given plenty of food and is celebrated. She is given a name change as she is no longer a child, but an adult. She has completed her vision quest successfully and is accepted as an adult into the community. She has found her direction and purpose in life.
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